A Buzz in the Garden

Despite it now being light enough for me to get out before work and for a little time after, my garden has been the focus of most of my attention day to day  in the natural history department. It’s probably the novelty, mixed with being busy and a dash of laziness. But my garden has…

Sweet! A Marmalade Fly!

Having spent too much time in from of a laptop crunching incubation data this weekend, I decided it was time to finally plant the crocuses my girlfriend bought about two weeks ago; since that time they have languished in the shade of the kitchen, next to the pot they were destined for. Apart from the…

Tea, birds but no bacon

Last Sunday morning I sat with a runny nose and a wheezy chest, watching a blackbird and a robin searching for fat-ball scraps on the lawn. Yes, I joined in with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Tallying up the visitors to the garden while with a cup of tea, and preferably a bacon sandwich, is…

36 for 36…

Well I’m off the starting blocks with two visits to my patch for Patchwork Challenge (PWC) 2015. On the first visit I bagged 33 species which is not bad for a visit to this site! This weekend I ventured out, feeling a little under the weather, and notched up a further three. These 36 give me…

All about the patch, no twitching

The earth has passed an arbitrary point on its orbit around our sun – it must be the New Year! For birders, with the dawning of a new year comes the resetting of the year list. Your local birding patch becomes invigorated as all species once again become firsts – at least for given value…

Weather, Predation and Swallow Season 2014

This week I completed a task I’ve been putting off for a while – totalling up the results for the 2014 swallow season at Cardiff Riding School. This season will go down in personal history for two reasons. Firstly, although it was my 9th season studying this population it was my first as an MPhil…